Michigan's Exceptional Off-Field Status 'Crucial' to Karsen Barnhart's Commitment

Michigan's Exceptional Off-Field Status 'Crucial' to Karsen Barnhart's Commitment

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Michigan's Exceptional Off-Field Status 'Crucial' to Karsen Barnhart's Commitment

When Paw Paw (Mich.) 2019 three-star offensive tackle Karsen Barnhart made his commitment to Michigan on April 30, he claimed the cleanliness of the program as one of the top reasons for his pledge.

“You can just tell by the way the coaches act,” Barnhart said. “There is no hiding things from us at all. They are all straight up with us and tell us the truth.

“It was very crucial to have that.”

The 6-foot-4, 273-pound lineman chose the Wolverines over Michigan State and Indiana, who were in his top 3. He also had offers to play for USC, Arizona State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan.

Ohio State has recently conducted an investigation into a report that head coach Urban Meyer knew about the domestic abuse allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith in 2015. The pictures and text messages were released by Brett McMurphy, a college football reporter.

Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday.

Barnhart said if he was an Ohio State recruit, he’d think twice about his commitment.

“If something ever did happen like (Ohio State), I would re-think my decision but not decommit right away,” Barnhart said. “However, I know something like that would never happen to a program like Michigan.”

Barnhart’s most important player-to-coach relationship is with offensive line coach Ed Warinner. The relationship began in the 2017 season when Warinner was a coach at Minnesota and will be extended through Barnhart’s time at Michigan.

“Coach Warinner told my mom that he can’t wait to coach me,” Barnhart said. “He sees me playing offensive tackle, offensive guard or center and he sees me as a four-year starter. I have a great relationship with Ed and can’t wait to keep building it.”

The best part of the family feel at Michigan is the brotherhood with all the commits. Barnhart has gown specifically close to Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban four-star offensive guard Nolan Rumler and Cincinnati (Ohio) Archbishop Moeller three-star offensive guard Zach Carpenter.

“Some schools preach about family and I just didn’t feel it at the other schools,” Barnhart said. “I felt it at Michigan.”

Barnhart is ranked No. 391 in the nation, No. 39 at his position and No. 10 in Michigan, according to 247Sports Composite.

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